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Head Full of Doubt: Two Young Phelps Leave Westboro's World of Hate

by Abby Zimet

Maybe God doesn't hate fags after all: Two key granddaughters of Westboro's infamous Fred Phelps, media-savvy spokesperson and heir apparent Megan Phelps-Roper and her younger sister Grace, have announced their departure from the bile-spewing so-called church in a post titled "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise. Megan - once described in a Kansas City Star profile as "a "peppy, goofy and, by all accounts, happy" young woman who "wants to make it perfectly clear that you and the rest of this filthy, perverted nation will be spending a long, fiery eternity burning in hell" - writes of the mindset that "I lived, breathed, studied, believed, preached – loudly, daily, for nearly 27 years." She acknowledges, "We know that we’ve done and said things that hurt people." And after so many years of hate, she asks a tough question: "Where do you go from there?"

"In a city in a state in the center of a country lives a group of people who believe they are the center of the universe; they know Right and Wrong, and they are Right. They work hard and go to school and get married and have kids who they take to church and teach that continually protesting the lives, deaths, and daily activities of The World is the only genuine statement of compassion that a God-loving human can sincerely make. As parents, they are attentive and engaged, and the children learn their lessons well.

This is my framework.

Until very recently, this is what I lived, breathed, studied, believed, preached – loudly, daily, and for nearly 27 years.

I never thought it would change. I never wanted it to.

Then suddenly: it did.

And I left."

Grace, who often served as Westboro's photographer, in a clip from Louis Theroux's 2011 documentary The Most Hated Family in America in Crisis.